Category Archives: Summer

New England Camp Fair

The New England Camp Fair will hold its 4th annual event at Underwood School. The Camp Fair is FREE and open to the public and brings together camps serving kids ages 5-14.

Bring your camper(s) and engage with staff from 20+ premier day and sleepaway camps from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and Connecticut. Participating camps run the gamut, including traditional day and overnight camps, sports camps, theater camps, computer camps, fencing camps, arts camps, as well as many other themed camps.

Visit www.newenglandcampfair.org for a complete list of camps attending. Parking and refreshments are also free! If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Underwood PTO at underwoodpto@gmail.com.

February 10th, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Underwood School

Watertown Children’s Theatre performance and Summer programs

WCT Youth Theatre presents Holes!

Tickets on sale now for February 1st and 2nd, 7:00 pm and February 3rd, 1:00 pm


Summer Registration is Open! Register here for Programs for K-12 all summer long!

What’s Happening at the YMCA

Try the Y
Wednesdays in January are free! Present a valid ID at the welcome desk and use the facilities for the day.

Resolutions Fitness Challenge – Starts the week of January 14th
New year, new you! Sign up for the Y’s Resolutions Fitness Challenge to jumpstart your health and fitness goals for 2019. Join a team led by one of the Y’s certified personal trainers, and compete against the other teams to see whose team can lose the greatest percentage of weight and body fat during the eight week challenge.

Pickle Ball – Tuesdays & Thursdays
The West Suburban YMCA hosts drop-in pickle ball on both Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 – 11:30 am in the gymnasium. Pickle ball is free for West Suburban YMCA members and $5.00 drop-in fee for non-members.

Poetry Night- February 1st from 7:00-9:00 pm
Organized by Barbara Helfogtt-Hyett of Poemworks, the event features readings by two local poets, then guests are invited to participate in the open mic portion of evening to share their own written work. This event is free and open to the public.

February Vacation Programs – February 19-22nd
Do your kids need something to do while they are off from school for February vacation? The West Suburban YMCA is offering full day and half day program options February 19th through February 22nd. Sign up for a program to ensure your child has a fun vacation and you have peace of mind! Call 617-244-6050 for more information.

Lifeguard Training and Certification Course
Become an American Red Cross certified lifeguard during February school vacation week. Learn the practical skills necessary to recognize a critical situation and provide lifesaving care to individuals in the water. CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid certifications are included in the course. This is a four-day class that meets February 18th – 21st from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Students must be present for ALL days. Visit wsymca.org to register or call 617-244-6050.

Spring YBA (Youth Basketball Association) League
Registration is open for the Y’s spring YBA league which runs March 2nd – April 14th. YBA is a fun league for boys and girls ages 4-12 to learn and play basketball. The league is separated into four age groups: Mini (ages 4-5), Biddy (ages 6-7), Rookie (ages 8-9) and Collegiate (ages 10-12). All leagues are co-ed, and volunteer coaches are encouraged. For more information and to register, visit wsymca.org or call 617-244-6050.

Summer Camp Registration opens January 14th
The West Suburban YMCA offers three summer camps: Camp Pikati at the Y, Camp Chickami in Wayland, MA and Camp Frank A. Day in East Brookfield, MA. Each camp offers children a unique and engaging summer experience. Attend one of the Y’s upcoming camp info sessions to learn more about YMCA summer camps.

Camp Info Sessions at the Y
· January 24th – 4:30 – 6:30 pm
· February 6th – 9:00 – 11:00 am
· February 11th – 3:00 – 5:00 pm
· February 20th – 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
· March 2nd – 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Work at the Y
The West Suburban YMCA is hiring for a variety of full-time and part-time positions in child care and youth development, aquatics, fitness and more. Great benefits, FREE membership and professional development opportunities. Please contact Laura Snow at lauras@wsymca.org or visit wsymca.org/about/work-here.

Financial Assistance is always available for Y Memberships and Programs
The West Suburban YMCA is a non-profit charitable organization and it is their mission to never turn anyone away due to an inability to pay. Contact the Membership Department at 617-244-6050 x3653 for financial assistance with membership or program participation.

Summer Camp Opportunity for 11 Year Olds

CISV (Children’s International Summer Village) is a UNESCO partner with chapters in 200 cities among 69 countries around the world. CISV Villages, which started in 1951, bring children from many countries together to learn from each other about the world around them while taking part in a variety of educational, cultural and fun activities.

CISV Boston chapter is forming a delegation of two boys and two girls who, along with an adult leader, will join the Village in Waterloo, Canada to represent the nation and culture of USA and the city of Boston. Children will meet, live with, learn and play with other delegations from 10-12 different countries. This is a truly unique experience open only to 11 year old children, the impact of which will last their lifetime as global citizens.
For questions, visit http://www.cisvboston.org or email boston@cisvusa.org

Camp Grossman Info Session

Come meet the camp director and learn all about Camp Kaleidoscope. With art, music, dance, theater, science and nature activities, campers of all ages have opportunities to spread their creative wings. The talented staff of artists, performers and educators inspires campers to try new things in a pluralistic Jewish setting that embraces campers of all backgrounds, faiths, and beliefs.

Located at JCC Greater Boston’s, Leventhal-Sidman Center in Newton with transportation available from the surrounding areas. Can’t make it? Register online using the online registration at bostonjcc.org/kaleidoscope-registration.

January 20th
JCC Greater Boston
333 Nahanton Street

Camp Grossman Open House

Meet the camp director and staff at JCC Greater Boston to learn how Camp Grossman is the best place to be this summer. A vibrant Jewish day camp located on 75 acres in Dover’s pine-studded Hale Reservation, they offer campers ages 4½-15 summer days filled with aquatics, sports, arts and nature. With a wide variety of activities, there is something for every camper no matter how big or small. Bus transportation is available to and from a variety of locations throughout Greater Boston. Extended day is available in Newton. Learn more at bostonjcc.org/grossman.

Open House January 6th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm
JCC Greater Boston

Camp Kingswood Open House

Come to meet the Camp Kingswood director, Leslie Zide and staff to answer all your questions about camp. Located in Southern Maine, Camp Kingswood is a dynamic Jewish overnight camp that has provided life-changing summer experiences for almost 100 years.

Girls and boys entering grades 3-11 enjoy an unforgettable summer filled with land and water sports, outdoor adventure, visual arts, performing arts and Jewish culture. Learn more at bostonjcc.org/classes-and-events/kingswood-open-house.

December 9th, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Leventhal-Sidman Center, JCC Greater Boston,
333 Nahanton Street, Newton

Summer camp registration opening soon

Whether you love to sing and dance at Camp Kaleidoscope, learn important swimming skills at Camp Grossman or hone your skills at Specialty Camps an exciting summer awaits.

Enjoy an unforgettable summer with JCC Greater Boston filled with land & water sports, outdoor adventures, visual arts, performing arts and Jewish culture. Save $75.00 on your day camp registration when you sign up on November 18th! Learn more at bostonjcc.org/re-registration https://www.bostonjcc.org/classes-and-events/re-registration-day.

Early bird registrati0n on November 18th,  2:00 – 4:00 pm at the Leventhal-Sidman Center at JCC Greater Boston.

Celebrate the 4th of July in Newton

Kids’ Morning

Free event for children ages 3 – 12 years. Children and families are invited to join in the Grande Pet Parade, Decorated Doll Carriage Promenade, Teddy Bear Parade and Foot Races. Free ice cream, candy and drinks complete the morning celebration – courtesy of Cabot’s Ice Cream. Kids Morning is cancelled in the event of rain.

July 4th, 10:00 am – 12 Noon
Newton Centre Playground at Tyler Terrace

Afternoon/Evening Events

The fun continues with kiddie amusement rides, face painting, craft vendor booths and food trucks. Look for the Circus Arts performances from students and staff of Gravity Alternative Movement! Then, the fun moves over to the main stage with the fabulous Bo & Bill Winiker Band (courtesy of the Village Bank) for music and dancing from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Bring lawn chairs, try out the delicious food from the many food trucks and pick up your light-up novelties. At 9:00 pm, don’t miss the grand finale…a fantastic fireworks display! In the event of rain, the concert and fireworks will be rescheduled for a date to be determined. Visit www.newtoncommunitypride.org for details.

July 4th, Noon – 10:00 pm
Albemarle Field/Halloran Sports Complex.

Summer tutoring and enrichment

Former Horace Mann parent and experienced tutor is available this SUMMER! Haralie has worked in the Wellesley Public Schools and currently works in the Winchester Public Schools and at MassBay Community College and tutors K-5th grade students in Reading, Writing and Math. Each visit is a positive and fun learning experience! Please contact Haralie Alpert, M.Ed., MS at haralie@gmail.com or 617-630-0608.